Applying to graduate school can be an arduous process, so it’s important to start early to ensure you don’t miss any deadlines. Deadlines and admissions requirements vary by school, so it’s important to identify and narrow down potential choices approximately 6-12 months before application. These links can help you identify which schools offer specific programs in a particular geographic location.
It is also recommended you talk with faculty members and your advisor about your graduate school search and inquire to them about graduate schools they recommend. You should visit the website of each school you are interested in, review the admissions requirements, curriculum, graduation requirements, and faculty biographies to determine which schools might be right for you.
GRE General Test: https://www.ets.org/gre/
GRE Subject Test: http://www.ets.org/gre/subject/about
The following test centers are located in Sioux City, IA:
The requirements for a graduate school personal statement will vary by program, however, there are some overall themes are applicable to most any personal statement or essay.
Please schedule an appointment with your academic advisor or Career Services to get targeted advice on your personal statement.
Letters of Recommendation:
Most schools will require anywhere from 2-5 letters of recommendation. Oftentimes, the recommenders will need to be specifically identified (ie; chiropractor programs require one letter from a chiropractor). Other good sources of letters of recommendations could come from professors, academic advisors, organizational advisors, or even coaches. Basically, the writer of the letter should know you well enough to communicate to the admissions committee that you have the academic capability, as well as strong personal characteristics that would make you successful in graduate school. With this in mind, please choose your recommenders wisely.
You also must ask any recommender to write you a letter in a professional and appropriate way. Here are a couple of tips: